Appeals rejected by RAE
On 28-1-2021 the RAE (Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy) rejected the appeals against two of the four licenses for the production of electricity by industrial wind farms in the areas Foinikies and Mermengaris. And on 10-2-2021 also the appeals by 95 residents (including a few organizations) were rejected.
According to Greek law, RAE must examine whether the requested project can be implemented in compliance with the obsolete, existing Special Spatial Planning Framework for Renewable Energy Sources, and in particular with the provisions for the locations excluded from installation of RES (the exclusion zones). There it is defined that they should be installed at a minimum distance of a settlement of 500 meters and even 1.500 meters from a traditional settlement. Also it defines minimum distances from monuments and important historical sites.
In the case of the industrial wind farms in these two areas Foinikies and Mermengaris there is a very clear violation of the provisions of the legislation, as the distances of the villages Kousounari, Lazarianika and Rizes are less than 500 meters from the nearest wind turbines and the distance from the traditional settlements Mylopotamos and Kato Chora is much less than the 1.500 meters the legislation stipulates.
There are also significant violations of the law in relation to important Byzantine monuments, the declared archaeological site in the area of Leska as well as Kato Chora, and the historic site Pyrgos.
The examination of the exclusion zones is carried out on the basis of data provided by the Ministries of Environment and Culture in a specific way.
However, due to the fact that RAE has not been officially provided with data on the villages of Lazarianika, Rizes, Kousounari, Mylopotamos and the points of archaeological interest, the requests for revision are rejected.
A THEORETICALLY ORGANIZED STATE, THAT SHOULD HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY ELEMENTS TO APPLY THE LEGISLATION, IT DOES NOT HAVE THEM AND SO CONSEQUENTLY JUST DOES NOT APPLY THEM !!!
AND IT GET’S WORSE…
The Energy Regulatory Authority invited on 12-2-2021 any interested party to submit a bid for the direct assignment of the project “Development of geoinformation maps in vector format which will show the exclusion zones, incompatibility zones and the zones resulting from the projected distances of locations of RES facilities, all in accordance with the Special Framework for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development for RES “,
The above raises the following reasonable questions:
Since RAE has until today no information on paper about, zones of incompatibility and zones arising from the projected distances of location of RES facilities, how does it evaluate the requests and the objections for the issuance of production licenses to the production companies? And how does the state protect the areas where the creation of Industrial Wind farms is not allowed?